I promised earlier to write an update on our maintenance plan for the coming winter. The autumn has proceeded very quickly, and not too much has happened yet. I have been working at the boat about once per week and the hull and the coachroof is now mechanically polished and waxed - I'm planning to make a blog post on this shortly.
|Wet part clearly shows were the water is pooling in the rudder blade|
Also rudder shaft stuffing box needs some care. Two years ago we had a leak from the stuffing box, but it has remained watertight since then with normal maintenance. However, now it is a good time to renew the gland packing, which I believe, is original. Rudder bearings appear to be in fairly good condition, so there is not probably need to replace those. Thus, we try to do all the work with the rudder without removing it, because it might be a bit larger project.
|Small pinholes in the gelcoat|
|Jarkko Marsh from Airisto Marine taking |
Third maintenance item is the bilge, which needs also re-coating. The old topcoat will be sanded off and new coating applied (preferably epoxy coating). The problem is that the working space at the bottom of the bilge is - mildly said - quite challenging.
The fourth larger item is the teak deck, which will be carefully checked and all the suspicious caulking will be replaced.
Additionally, there are a lot of smaller items which need care and replacement after over twenty years of service. For example, all the winches including the anchor windlass, are serviced during the winter. There are also some wooden parts that need varnishing. And as always with boats, most probably new things will come up once you start digging deeper.
|There were some cracks in the gelcoat under the mast step, so the step was |
removed for inspection.
|Jarkko drilling a test hole for checking the condition of the plywood, used as a core material |
under the mast step. Fortunately, it was bone dry, so no problems with rot etc.